Jacob Morgan has shared this infographic on the evolution of work. Read more about it in his article in Forbes.
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Jacob Morgan has shared this infographic on the evolution of work. Read more about it in his article in Forbes.
As we move into the last few weeks of voting in the 7th Annual Survey of Learning Tools, which will result in the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013, I thought I’d follow in Harold Jarche’s footsteps and list my own top 10 tools.
Top of my list is Twitter – for me it is the place where I can quickly and easily keep up to date with what is happening with my colleagues and connections around the world. This is where I constantly learn about how the world of work and learning is changing. If I could only choose one tool, this would be the one. However, I should add that Tweetdeck is the tool I use to manage my timeline and interactions, as well as the hashtag streams I follow.
But here are the other 8 tools in my list – although not in any particular order:
I have Skype open constantly on my desktop and have ongoing as well as ad hoc conversations – both text and video – with my colleagues and clients, here too. Whilst Yammer is the place where I interact privately with many people in their organisational networks (as I help them build their Enterprise Learning Networks), and where Harold and I host our own online social workshops offered through the Connected Workplace service.
I keep up to date with hundreds of subscriptions to blog and website feeds using Feedly - and this has now replaced Google Reader as my feed aggregator of choice.
I use the self-hosted version of WordPress as the engine for all my (learning) websites and blogs. It is very easy for me to add new WordPress installations through cPanel at my hosting site, whenever I want to set up another website. The number of different customisable themes available means I can give each of them an individual look, and I use many of the plugins to provide them with extra functionality.
PowerPoint is my workhorse tool. I use it not only to create presentations but also to create charts and (info)graphics. I also use Poll Everywhere so that I can ask questions of my audience – who can respond using Twitter or on their mobile phones. I then use Slideshare to host and share my presentations; and my most popular slidesets on Slideshare have undoubtedly been those listing the Top 100 Tools for Learning over the last few years.
Finally, I also make significant use of Google Docs (now known as Google Drive), where I can work with colleagues and others on collaborative documents, presentations and spreadsheets.
What are your top 10 tools for learning? Help me build the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 by sharing your own Top 10. There are a number of ways of doing so:
The annual Top 100 Tools for Learning list has become very popular. The 2011 list has now been viewed over 880,000 times (on Slideshare), and the 2012 list over 550,000 times (on Slideshare). The list was also cited in KPCB’s 2013 Internet Trends presentation (viewed over 2.3 million times)
The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 list will again be compiled from the contributions of learning professionals worldwide.
Voting for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 – the 7th annual survey – is currently underway and closes at midnight GMT on Friday 27 September 2013.
Have you had your say yet? All you need to do is name your own top 10 tools for learning. You can either tweet me @C4LPT the names of your top 10 tools or if you want to do it privately, use the voting form here, where voting guidance is also available.
Every day I tweet links to resources I have found of interest. At the end of the month I review them as I add them to my 2013 Reading List and pick out my favourites. So here are those I particularly enjoyed in August 2013, with a quote from each one to show you why it appealed to me. I think you will see this month’s theme emerging.
In a posting on 1 August, Donald Clark talks about Sceptics & social media: 5 stages of grief. He summarises by saying.
10 Powerful Quotes From The Steve Jobs Movie And What They Teach Us About Leadership, (16 August) is full of great Steve Jobs quotes, but this well known one stands out.
For some blogging is still seen as somewhat avant garde, but Euan Semple, 13 August shows us How writing a blog can make you a better manager,
In The social imperative, Harold Jarche (19 August) reminds us …
And Oscar Berg builds on Harold’s post, in Our future relies on our social networks, (26 August):
Earlier in the month (1 August), Kevin Wheeler wrote about How Gen Y Learns & What it Means for Education, pointing out …
In Building a culture of continuous learning, Charles Jennings (12 August) explains..
But Jacob Morgen in It’s crunch time for the future of work (26 August), hits the nail on the head ..
Although Jacob is talking about the future of work, I think the same is true for the future of workplace learning. Let’s just re-word the first few sentences.
I’ve recently been working with some organisations helping them use their internal Enterprise Social Network (ESN) to offer a wider range of learning initiatives and inspire a culture of continuous social learning in the workplace. This is an ideal approach to move organizational thinking from a purely training mindset, where the focus is on managing learning to one of supporting learning in different ways.
By building an Enterprise Learning Network within your existing ESN you are no longer constrained by traditional training models and infrastructure (eg LMS), so can inspire, encourage support and embed social learning, knowledge sharing and collaboration throughout the organisation in many more modern and appealing ways.
I’ve written this up in a new whitepaper, which you can view in a number of ways
Here are some soundbites from Part 1: The rationale for an Enterprise Learning Network:
Part 2 provides some advice on setting up an Enterprise Learning Network in your Enterprise Social Network, but if you are looking for some help. I can offer support in a number of ways including a 6 week project to get you up with some initial learning activites, or a 3 month project that will include some online social workshops to help build a collaborative culture. Find out more here.
If you liked the recent infographic, What happens online in 6o seconds, take a look at this site which provides a visual display of of the data being uploaded every second on the Internet.
I added lots of great posts, articles and reports to my 2013 Reading List in July – but here’s my pick of the month – presented in chronological order - together with a quote from each one.
Learning is too important to be left to professionals, Harold Jarche, 1 July 2013
“Workplace learning professionals are in for a shock. Business is waking up to the fact that learning is now mission critical. Will executives continue to allow learning policy to reside in a separate department or some sub-department of HR for much longer? Do you think they will let “learning professionals” maintain sole control? I doubt it; especially if the military, which is either training for war or engaged in one, is an example.“
Portrait of the modern knowledge worker, Jay Cross, 3 July 2013
“A synthetic mind that can ingest a lot of information and summarise it in clear and concise ways, perhaps using mnemonics.A pair of intently listening ears and eagerly observing eyes to pick up the signals around (and question them);Outstanding interpersonal communication skills helping to get in touch with a variety of people (in the same field of expertise and beyond) …”
A New Use for MOOCs: Real-World Problem Solving, Zafrin Nurmohamed, Nabeel Gillani, and Michael Lenox, HBR 4 July 2013
“However, directly comparing MOOCs to traditional classrooms may prevent us from realizing the true potential of global online education. Perhaps it’s time we stop trying to fit MOOCs into old educational molds and start considering how we can harness their powers in new and exciting ways.”
5 Practical ideas for Embedding learning into the workflow, Towards Maturity, 4 July 2013
“In Towards Maturity’s new In-Focus Report we look at the massive importance of integrating learning into the workflow and the vital position that technology has to play in this role.
The shelf life of the skills we build in formal learning programmes is rapidly decreasing. There is an increased recognition that the real learning that takes place in business happens nowhere near the classroom.”
Social First! Clark Quinn, 9 July 2013
“Here’s the thing: social networks are more likely to be up-to-date, and better able to deal with one-off questions and unique situations than our formally designed solutions. In situations where things are changing rapidly, formally designed solutions are not likely to be up to date with where things are, owing to the time to capture, process, and generate appropriate content. And unusual situations aren’t worth trying to anticipate. They’re likely to be too many to address. And, as the rate of change accelerates, these situations are more likely.”
The Perils of Being Invisible, HR Exec Online, 9 July 2013
“If you fail to stay current with the technology in your own professional space, you could harm your credibility when you try to prepare your organization for technologies that might impact — or disrupt — your business.”
Good, bad and ugly: 7 critics of social media, Donald Clark, 11 July 2013
“I’m of an age (56) where lots of my contemporaries show contempt towards social media. It’s rarely a reasoned argument, simply a sneer accompanied by a ‘I’m too good for that sort of thing’ attitude. Euan Semple made the valid point on Facebook that “Not being attracted to the social web is OK but adopting a sneering tone when you tell me that, frankly, isn’t.” and that it’s not easy dealing with the criticism as the debate as it’s very difficult arguing the case for something your opponent has never used or has no real knowledge of.”
Social Business: “This is not just a drill, people”, Social Business News, 15 July 2013
“This is not a fad, the genie will not go back in the bottle. In order to adapt to the massive shift that is taking place, businesses need to start over and rethink their businesses from the inside-out.”
The 4 things people can still do better than computers, Fast Company, 19 July 2013
“What’s left for humans, after the robots have conquered everything, is low-skilled physical jobs and highly skilled, complex mental jobs.”
19 Antiquated Employee Engagement Approaches Contributing to Organizational Anxiety, David Zinger, 23 July 2013
“Using command and control to “get” engagement.”
Why every email should be 5 sentences long, Fast Company, 26 July 2013
“If your message is too short you’ll sound abrupt. If it’s too long no one will read it. Here’s why 5 sentences is the just-right length.”
Do we still need the telephone? Lucy Kellaway, 26 July 2013
“Just as the use of social media divides opinion, so the arrival of telephones in the office was once seen as a radical intrusion”
There have been a number of infographics showing what happens online in 60 seconds, this is a recent one from Qmee.
Harold Jarche has just released a blog post on the importance of Networked Professional Development in which he writes:
“A professional learning network, with its redundant connections, repetition of information and indirect communications, is a much more resilient system than any designed development program can be. Redundancy is also a good principle for supporting social learning diffusion. There is always more than one way to communicate or find something and just because something was blogged, tweeted or posted does not mean it will be understood and eventually internalized as actionable knowledge. The more complex or novel the idea, the more time it will take to be understood.”
So at the Connected Knowledge Lab our next two mini online workshops will be focused on this topic:
Please note, that although we refer to these events as “mini workshops” they are not traditional, formal online courses – and you can find out how they run here.
There will also be two web meetings on Wednesday 7 August and Wednesday 4 September for those participating in the workshops.
To join the mini online workshops you need to sign up for membership of the Connected Knowledge Lab – where you will also be able to access our growing resource area and join in all the conversations in our CKL Community.
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